Amended Highway Traffic Act Protects Families and Communities

Written by on December 9, 2014

assemblyMandatory Use of Bicycle Helmets Ensures Safety for All Users

 Effective April 1, 2015, all bicyclists in Newfoundland and Labrador will be required to wear a bicycle helmet when cycling on the province’s roadways.  This new legislation will protect people of all ages who use bicycles on the province’s roadways and complement other ongoing injury prevention initiatives undertaken by the Provincial Government and its community partners. The new legislation will exist side-by-side with municipal bylaws for those municipalities which have them. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and Royal Canadian Mounted Police can enforce both provincial legislation and municipal by-laws. Municipal enforcement officers can continue to enforce municipal bylaws. Service NL will work with the Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development, enforcement agencies and other partners to develop and implement a public awareness strategy to inform Newfoundlanders and Labradorians of this amendment.

 

·       Effective April 1, 2015, all bicyclists will be required to wear a bicycle helmet when cycling on public roadways in Newfoundland and Labrador. This amendment to the Highway Traffic Act will be introduced today in the House of Assembly.

·       Service NL will work with the Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development and other partners to develop and implement a public awareness strategy to inform the public of this new legislation.

·       The research shows that there is a significant reduction in bicycle-related head injuries in provinces where there is mandatory bicycle helmet legislation versus the provinces and territories that do not have mandatory legislation.

·       Fines for not wearing a bicycle helmet while riding will range from $25 to $180.

·       Parents of children under 16 will be responsible if they knowingly allow their children to cycle without a helmet.

 


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